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Faye Patton

Nu Jazz pianist/singer-songwriter - funky piano grooves, powerfully soulful vocals. Songs of passion, loss and inspiration ranging from gothic blues to old time jazz.

Faye Patton has a sound that's in a class of its own. Modern yet classic, her rich voice blends perfectly with her funky command of the piano. A compelling lyricist, vocalist and instrumentalist, her music defies generic boundaries, fusing jazz, funk, soul, gospel, blues, boogie, pop, country and classical. Gutsy, fluid vocals flex and stretch across registers to reach heights and depths that make audiences gasp. Passionate, precise, supremely and uncompromisingly individual, her music has an urgency and dexterity that mark her out as a stand-alone artist at the cutting edge of her field.

Also a mean jazz and blues guitarist, Faye is currently recording new material for release later in 2009.

Diverse influences range from jazz auteurs and pioneers such as Ray Charles, Scott Joplin, Junior Mance, Oscar Peterson, Diamanda Galas, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone, Ricki Lee Jones, Rachelle Ferrell, Hiromi Uehera, Bill Evans and Horace Silver...Faye gigs both solo and with her talented band members, (gospel session players) and has supported the likes of Juliet Kelly, Cecilia Stalin, Sue McCreeth, Toni Kofi, Trevor Watkis and Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

Venues: The Vortex, The Kashmir Klub, The Cobden Club, Ocean, The Spitz, The Union Chapel, Womens' Anarchist Nuisance Cafe, Club Wotever, The Buffalo Bar, Deal Real Records (Female Allstars), Tyme Piano Bar, Ruby Blue, Chongs, The Glass Bar, Club 1001, Pizza on The Park, The Living Room, Jenni Roditi's Loft Salon, The Bedford, The Spitz, Nambucca, The Marie Lloyd Bar at the Hackney Empire, Spice of Life, The Biddle Bros Bar, The Pelican (Notting Hill) The Bedford, Stratford Theatre Royal East, Bulls Head, (London) The Halo, The Spyglass Inn, (Isle of Wight) University of Ulster, HMS President, Edinburgh Cellars.

Festivals: Isle of Wight Jazz Divas, Derry Jazz Festival, Hackney Spice Festival, Jazznacht Donaueshingen (Southern Germany.)

Current album ‘Going Solo' by Faye Patton. This unique recording consists of 11 tracks ranging from classic jazz balladry to blistering blues/gospel basslines, this is an entirely original and acoustic collection. Recorded in London, the grand piano featured on this CD, belongs to Katia Labeque (virtuoso classical/jazz pianist featured in Madonna's film 'I'm Going to Tell You A Secret')

Faye teaches music (subject to availability) to an ever changing rota of private students. Musically prodigious and ambitious since childhood, she has been teaching professionally for over 14 years in a huge variety of settings, from degree courses to projects for youth and those socially excluded from music education.

Here's what they say about her...

‘A fresh aroma of coffeehouse blues, blended carefully with a spoonful of arthouse and just that subtle flavour of jazz. Perceptive lyrics and compelling songwriting, set against an acoustic backdrop of musical colour.'  (Mikey J, CDunsigned)

'One of east London's finest jazz vocalists and pianists' (Hadrian Garrard, Events Programmer, Hackney Empire)

'Her voice is truly something else...beyond compare.' (Isle of Wight Jazz Festival Promoters)

'Pure Versatility...mightily impressed' (Keith Ames, Musician magazine)

'Solid Gold' (Jazz singer, Sue McCreeth)

"Whenever Faye plays, she gives me goosebumps, her voice is truly remarkable." (INGO, Promoter, Club Wotever, www.woteverworld.com)

'A singer-songwriter with a stylised vocal reminiscent of Tori Amos, with a more Ray Charles-influenced R n' B slant' (Jazzwise Magazine)

'Bluesy authority...wickedly assured pianist...any chocolate voiced mellow singers looking for new jazz songs to cover should check this out fast.' (Jan Allain, Big Boots Records)

'Faye Patton is an orchestra of moods and shades' (Federica Nardella, Seven Magazine)

Website: www.fayepatton.com